Herbert B. Peterson, MD, FACOG


Herbert B. Peterson, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, is the past chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and is currently a professor in that Department as well as the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine. Dr. Peterson’s research is at the interface of medicine and public health, and increasingly focuses on implementation science in global health.

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Joumana Haidar, MBA

Deputy Director

Joumana Haidar is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is responsible for operations and management of the Collaborating Center and leads its implementation science platforms and programs. She co-teaches the Department’s course on implementation science for global maternal and child health.


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A. Blanton Godfrey, PhD

Lead, Data Visualization and Utilization Laboratories

A. Blanton Godfrey, the Joseph D. Moore Distinguished University Professor of Textile & Apparel Technology & Management, is former Dean of the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University – the leading institution of its type in the world. Previously, he served as the Chairman and CEO of the Juran Institute – a global leader in quality management – and as Head of the Quality Theory and Technology Department of AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dean Fixsen, PhD

Senior Technical Advisor

Dean Fixsen has spent his career developing and implementing evidence-based programs to improve the lives of children, families, adults, and society. He is a globally-recognized pioneer of the field of implementation science, founder of the National Implementation Research Network, founder of the Active Implementation Research Network, and President of the Global Implementation Initiative.

Sheila Leatherman, HON FRCP, CBE

Senior Advisor

Sheila Leatherman is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is globally recognized for quality of care research and methodologies for evaluating health system performance. She assists countries in developing national quality policies and is the Lead Advisor for WHO’s project on National Quality Policy and Strategy. Her current research focuses on improving safety and quality in extreme adversity.

Tekleab Mekbib, MD, MPH, PhD

Senior Medical Advisor

Tekleab Mekbib is an obstetrician/gynecologist with extensive academic, clinical, and public health experience. He was a founding member and past president of the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and served as founding editor-in-chief of the Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health – the first journal on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Ethiopia. He assists in planning and coordination of new programs as well as coursework.

Linda Tawfik, MSc, PhD

Program Manager

Linda Tawfik has an extensive background in global health management, implementation of evidence-based interventions, and capacity building. Formerly, as Director of the Knowledge Management Services Projects, she oversaw support to USAID’s Global Health Bureau. Her current research involves healthcare quality in settings of extreme adversity, and includes support for the National Quality Policy and Strategy project lead by WHO.

Monisa Aijaz, MD, MPH

Research Associate

Monisa Aijaz is a physician with specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology who, while practicing in India, recognized the need for effective implementation of evidence-based interventions. Following completion of our MPH program, she has supported the Collaborating Center’s work on adaptive leadership for service system strengthening and implementation capacity building for low- and middle-income countries.

Stephanie Bogdewic, MPH

Research Associate

Stephanie Bogdewic received her MPH from Columbia University in 2015 and currently is a second -year doctoral student in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School. She has experience as a research and evaluation analyst and was awarded the FHI 360-UNC Public Health Research Fellowship in 2018. She provides support to the Collaborating Center’s educational efforts.

Caitlin Williams, MSPH

Research Associate

Caitlin Williams is the recipient of a Royster Fellowship who received her MSPH from the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School. She is currently a third-year doctoral student in the Department and, through the Collaborating Center, supports activities with the Pan-American Health Organization and serves as a Teaching Assistant for the Department’s course on implementation science for global maternal and child health.

Heather Wire, MEd

Instructional Designer

Heather Wire received her MEd in Instructional Technology from the University of West Georgia and is working towards her doctorate in Instructional Design Leadership at Franklin University. At the Collaborating Center, she uses her skills as a designer and her knowledge of instructional strategies, assessment techniques, and innovative technologies to help build the Implementation Science capacity of others.

Victoria Taffe, MPH

Research Assistant

Victoria Taffe received her MPH from the Public Health Leadership Program at the UNC Gillings School. Her role at the Collaborating Center supports delivery and strengthening of the Center’s implementation science offerings for professionals, and she has contributed to projects to improve healthcare quality in settings of extreme adversity.

Emily Rose Wiginton

Public Communications Specialist

Emily Rose Wiginton received her bachelor’s in Professional Writing and Public Discourse from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She oversees all communications for the Collaborating Center, designs and prepares explanatory materials for key stakeholders, manages the Collaborating Center’s website, and provides organizational and administrative support to the Director and Deputy Director.


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